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Highlights

Starting from the famous "pink city" Toulouse, your trip will take you along the UNESCO World Heritage site of Canal du Midi that links the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea. Cycle through the countryside and vineyards of Languedoc, France. Your trip will bring you back in time to the marvelous medieval castle and city of Carcassonne renovated by Viollet le Duc in the 19th century, and the famous Minervois vineyards. Appreciate the best of the Languedoc region: its typical medieval villages and rich historical architecture, lovely vineyards and countryside, the Canal du Midi, and all the little details that make the lifestyle of this part of France so special.

To see

Minervois vineyards, château des Archeveques de Narbonne, the vineyards of the Orb valley and Pézenas, Monbazin and stop to admire the Abbey of Valmagne

Gastronomy

the cassoulet of Toulouse and Carcassonne, the oysters, the olive trees, the eggplants or zucchini

Wine

Côtes du Frontonnais, St-Chinian, Pic Saint-Loup, Minervois, Corbieres

Testimonials

PROGRAM

J-1

Arrival in Toulouse


Arrival in Toulouse. (transfer on your own to the hotel),

If you arrive early, take advantage to explore Toulouse, known as the pink city for its brick architecture. Meander in the famous Capitol place and visit various architectural masterpieces, the Saint Sernin Basilica, and the Jacobins church for its 13th century cloister and famous pillars that seem to represent palm trees.

You can even go further on and walk along the lush riverside of the Garonne River. There are many local restaurants that prepare the typical local specialty a Cassoulet, made with French white beans.


Accommodation : La Cour des Consuls Hotel & Spa***** - Toulouse show
Included : Emergency support,concierge service,phone not provided,mobile guidance application,roadbook,travelbook,Orientation with a local guide,luggage transfer,bedroom and breakfast,dinner (no drinks)

J-2

From Toulouse to Garrevaques


Depart from Toulouse. The first part of your itinerary is dead flat along the canal du Midi. This peaceful ride on a graded dirt road allow you to have a "canal du midi experience". Maybe stop for the lunch at Anivgnonet Lauraguais and it's great heritage. Keep riding by small rolling routes to Garrevaques situated on the deep countryside.

Distances : 71 km (44 mi) Elevation : 450 m.


Accommodation : Hotel Spa le Pavillon du Chateau**** - Garrevaques show
Included : luggage transfer,Itinerary (no cue sheets),bedroom and breakfast,dinner (no drinks)

J-3

From Garrevaques to Carcassonne


Today is a countryside ride fairly challenging. You will be in the nature of Tarn area. Make sure you stop on the way in Revel and in Saissac. Both villages are worth a nice break.

Distance : 56 Km (36 mi).
Elevation : 660 m.


Accommodation : Hotel du Chateau**** - Carcassonne show
Included : luggage transfer,Itinerary (no cue sheets),bedroom and breakfast

J-4

From Carcassonne to Quarante


Today you will alternate your path from along the Canal to country roads that bring you through the heart of the Minervois vineyards. Travel through Marseillette, a village known for its dried pond that has been turned into rice fields and apple orchards. Admire the town’s clock tower in the center of the village. Your path will bring you to another quaint village, Quarante, where you will pass your night in a castle reconverted into a hotel. Les Carrasses serve delicious meals from local products.

Distance : 72 Km (45 mi). Elevation : 443 m.


Accommodation : Chateau les Carrasses**** - Quarante show
Included : luggage transfer,Itinerary (no cue sheets),bedroom and breakfast,dinner (no drinks)

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From Quarante (les Carrasses) to Pezenas


Two options for this day in the vineyards:

Option 1: Travel from Capestang, an important port on the Canal du Midi and admire Saint-Etienne an impressive collegiate church whose massive tower dominates the surrounding countryside, and the château des Archeveques de Narbonne. Continue on to visit the center of Beziers and its famous cathedral.

Option 2 : From Quarante, head north through the vineyards to Saint Chinian to taste their AOC certified wines in one of many producers who make organic wines. For both options, continue on through the vineyards of the Orb valley where you can taste their wines. Arrive in Pézenas whose city center is an official « Protected Area ». The French Ministry of Culture lists 116 historical edifices in Pézenas, with more than 30 of which are classified "Historical Monuments".

Distances : Option 1 : 57 Km (35 mi) // Option 2 : 72 Km (45 mi).

Elevation :414 or 623 m.


Accommodation : La Distillerie de Pezenas**** - Pezenas show
Included : luggage transfer,Itinerary (no cue sheets),bedroom and breakfast

J-6

From Pézenas to Montpellier


Grocery store

Epicerie Vival - 12b Avenue de Béziers

Open everyday - 04 67 31 05 06


Accommodation : Grand Hotel du Midi**** - Montpellier show
Included : luggage transfer,Itinerary (no cue sheets),bedroom and breakfast

J-7

Departure from Montpellier


You can take your time getting started in the morning to have breakfast and depart at your leisure. (Depart on your own). Trains depart in all directions throughout the day.


Included : breakfast

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES

Arrival in Toulouse :

Possible by train from Paris to Toulouse Matabiau train station
(around 5h40)

Possibles flights arrive at the Toulouse Blagnac airport
(around 1h20 from Paris)

Departure from Montpellier :

Possible by train to reach Paris
(around 3h15)

Possibles flights from the Montpellier airport that flies to many French and European destinations
(around 1h15 to reach Paris)

BIKES


included

Hybrid Bike - Standard

More info

Bike rental description :

The SCOTT SUB SPORT 20 (or equivalent) features a sporty "trekking" geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 27 speed transmission and integrated front and rear lights, this bike is begging to go on an adventure.

Your bike rental comes with 2 bags (1 Rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.

Included with your bike rental :

  • Helmet
  • Lock
  • Hand pump
  • 2 spare tubes
  • Rear pannier
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request

Note: "’Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."


optional

Electric Assisted Bike - Standard

More info

Bike rental description :

The SCOTT SUB TOUR ELECTRIC-RIDE 30 unisex (or equivalent)

All the fun of cycling in an electric version. The SCOTT Sub Tour eRide 30 will assist you in all your rides in town or in the countryside thanks to its 500 Wh Bosch battery.

Available sizes : XXS, XS, S, M, L

Your bike rental comes with 2 bags (1 Rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your staff during your ride.

Included with your bike rental :

  • Helmet
  • Lock
  • Hand pump
  • 2 spare tubes
  • Rear pannier
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request

Note: "’Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."




optional

Road Bike - Standard

More info

Bike rental description :

The SCOTT ROAD BIKE ADDICT 30 Disc (Standard) (or equivalent)

With a new geometry that focuses more on endurance. The SCOTT ADDICT 30 Disc will become your preferred choice for long distance travel.

Available sizes : XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Availability: This type of bike has limited availability, and is likely to move very quickly.

Included with your bike rental :

  • Front pannier containing:
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 2 spare tubes
  • 1 hand pump
  • Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • 2 souvenir water bottles
  • Pedals (flat or cages on request). You can bring your own pedals to clip in but remember to bring a pedal wrench to take them off at the end of the tour.

Note: "Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."


optional

Road Bike - Excellence

More info

Bike rental description :

PINARELLO Pinarello X3 - 105/Di2 (Excellence) (or equivalent)

Equipped with a Shimano 105 Di2 12 speed drivetrain and a brand new carbon frame, the Pinarello X3 is designed to go the distance thanks to its ability to filter vibrations and absorb the shocks present on your next

road.

Sizes available: XXS,XS,S, M, L, XL,XXL

Availability: This type of bike has limited availability, and is likely to move very quickly.



Included with your bike rental :

  • Front pannier containing:
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 2 spare tubes
  • 1 hand pump.
  • Helmet
  • 2 souvenir water bottles
  • Pedals (flat or cages on request). You can bring your own pedals to clip in but remember to bring a pedal wrench to take them off at the end of the tour.

Note: "’Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."


optional

Road Bike - Premium

More info

Bike rental description :

TREK Emonda SLR 7 (Premium) (or equivalent)

The all-new TREK Emonda SLR 7 is the lightest model of the American Brand. Equipped with the Shimano Ultegra Di2 transmission, the gear shift is faster and more precise.

Available sizes : XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL

Availability: This type of bike has limited availability, and is likely to move very quickly.

Included with your bike rental :



  • Front pannier containing:
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • 2 spare tubes
  • 1 hand pump
  • Helmet
  • 2 souvenir water bottles
  • Pedals (flat or cages on request). You can bring your own pedals to clip in but remember to bring a pedal wrench to take them off at the end of the tour.

Note: "’Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."


optional

Gravel Bike - Standard

More info

Bike rental description :

SCOTT Speedster Gravel 30 (Standard) (or equivalent)

A talented and versatile gravel road bike. Designed to go the distance, explore the roads less traveled or speed up your daily commute. It's high enough for long-distance comfort and forward-leaning enough for speed.

Available sizes :XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Availability: This type of bike has limited availability, and is likely to move very quickly.

Included with your bike rental :

  • Helmet
  • Bottles (2)
  • Front bag (S)
  • Rear saddlebag (L)
  • Computer
  • Padlock
  • Patch Kit (tire levers, spare tubes, multi-tool, patches, pump)
  • Pedals : flat, cages or own available

Note: "’Please note that any bike change during the trip may incur an extra fee."

Details

Included


ACCOMODATIONS

- 6 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath

MEALS

- Daily breakfast at each hotel
- 2 dinners included

BIKES

- Hybrid bike rental included

GEAR

- Complimentary Discover France Gear (including water bottle, drawstring bag)
- Guidance Application (phone not provided)

SUPPORT

- Orientation in person with our local guide
- Detailed Road Book, including detailed maps, touristic information
- Comprehensive trip literature
- Technical and emergency support available at all times
- Concierge service available to assist you for your requests during your trip (taxi transfer, restaurant, activities...)

TRANSFER

- All luggage transfers

Not included


- Airfare to and from the trip
- Lodging before and after the trip
- Drinks
- Step by step itinerrary and cue sheets
- Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.
- Multirisk travel insurance

Other questions?

See our FAQs page for answers to common questions.

FAQ

Rates

Tour rates vary based on hotel availability and specific start date

PRICE FROM / PER PERSON
UPGRADED HOTEL ACCOMODATION
Double occupancy *
2435 €
Single supplement **
660 €
Solo traveler ***
3015 €

* Please contact us for triple hotel rates. ** Traveling with a group. *** Traveling alone.

Upgrade your bike

From / Per person

Electric Assisted Bike - Standard
115€
Road Bike - Standard
115€
Road Bike - Excellence
260€
Road Bike - Premium
320€
Gravel Bike - Standard
115€

CANCELLATION INSURANCE

Cancellation insurance 6%

UPGRADED HOTEL ACCOMODATION FROM

La Cour des Consuls Hotel & Spa***** - Toulouse

Ideally situated in Toulouse in the historical center, the hotel La Cour des Consuls is located in the Carmes quarter just a few meters from the Capitol. Many parts of the hotel dating to the 14th century are classified « Historical Monuments ». Today, La Cour des Consuls, is a five star hotel of character and contemporary decoration that highlights the historical values of the edifice, such as the grand chimney in the restaurant and the monumental stairwell. A warm personalized welcome allows you take full advantage of your experience in Toulouse.
http://www.cite-hotels.com/hotels/la-cour-des-consuls/

Hotel Spa le Pavillon du Chateau**** - Garrevaques

At the heart of a domain of 7 hectares of nature, discover Le Pavillon du Chateau Hotel with restaurant and spa center. In a park with old trees , facing the private Castle in pink brick , staying in public old fully renovated in a mansion with modern comfort .The hotel comprises of 15 bedrooms, each one of which has been attractively and individually decorated with antique French furniture that has been passed down through the generations of the de Gineste family. All fifteen bedrooms are spacious with cathedral ceilings and include large en suite bathrooms with separate toilets..The two outdoor pools , park, calm and center Spa will be much invitation to relax after your walks , tours and activities.
http://www.garrevaques.com/fr/

Hotel du Chateau**** - Carcassonne

The charm of the Hotel du Château is that it is mediaeval yet contemporary, rural yet metropolitan, sophisticated yet confortable. The hotel has 17 rooms, including 3 junior suites. Stylishly decorated using a combination of luxurious materials, leather, wood, local stone and vaulted ceilings, with hi-fi stereo, CD player, flat-screen TV and air conditioning. You'll feel at home here : with a heated pool from Easter until November, an outdoor jacuzzi which is heated all year round, and a stylish yet panoramic ans cosy bar. An exclusive address surrounded by greenery ans calm.
http://www.hotelduchateau.net/en/home

Chateau les Carrasses**** - Quarante

Château Les Carrasses is a 19th Century Wine Domaine in the Languedoc, extensively restored as a luxury self-catering estate and boutique winery. Luxury self-catering accommodation consists of 28 stylish suites, apartments and villas, many with panoramic views. Facilities include a magnificent infinity pool, floodlit clay tennis, boulodrome and barbecue area, conservatory, orchard and olive grove. The bistro and bar serve elegant Mediterranean cuisine alongside the best regional wines and classic cocktails.
http://www.lescarrasses.com/index.php

La Distillerie de Pezenas**** - Pezenas

At the gates of the historic center of the town of Pezenas, the former distillery was lovingly restored into a Boutique Hotel in 2012. This Boutique Hotel is an upmarket establishmentl with a refined decoration and which is rooted in the local culture and environment. The rooms and suites are faithful to printed architectural heritage and to the style of big mansions of Pezenas: spacious, refined, rooted in the Languedoc tradition. After a stroll through the cobbled streets of Pezenas, Mediterranean gardens, pool and spa, La Distillerie de Pézenas will offer freshness and relaxation. In the evening, visit the wine bar or enjoy the best wines of the Languedoc on the terrace with assorted tapas.
http://www.distillerie-de-pezenas.garrigae-resorts.fr/en/

Grand Hotel du Midi**** - Montpellier

The Grand Hôtel du Midi Montpellier - Opéra Comédieenjoys the ideal location for discovering Montpellier: it is situated where the heart of the town beats away, the famous Place de la Comédie. It is there, at the foot of the Fontaine des Trois Grâces, that the people of Montpellier have always arranged to meet. The Grand Hôtel du Midi Montpellier - Opéra Comédie is a charming hotel in a privileged location; historical curiosities as well as shows at the Opera are within walking distance.
https://www.grandhoteldumidimontpellier.com/en/